I have made the decision that I want to purchase
a sailboat. My budget
for the boat is under 50,000. Aside from sailing camp 3 years back, I have roughly ZERO experience, but I am determined to master this art. I know the basic concept
of how a sail works and how the boom operates, and how to rig little 15 footers. Spent a few weeks with them. We also learned how to use and rig a jib
(to a degree).
Ultimately I want to travel from Massachusetts
to the Caribbean
, and possibly further. What size boat is reasonable for such a voyage? I plan to gain a few years experience before setting out on this expedition. I was assuming id be looking at a 35-40 foot boat. Is this reasonable to learn on?
I have also come to realize that docking
at a marina is very expensive. How do people get around these fees
? I will be also purchasing
a house in Falmouth, Mass. This is very close to the water
, and I see boats parked (?) out in the bay. What is this called, and are there any costs associated with it?
Lastly, Id like to know what the biggest costs tend to be with these gorgeous machines. So far I see the initial purchase
cost, marina costs (6,000$/yr that id LOVE to find out how to avoid) and fuel
, electricity costs (im not sure about this one, is that even a factor? How do boats get charged? i know nothing at all) and insurance
Thanks in advance. If this thread needs to be moved, please do so, so Ill be better at navigating this forum. There are so many subforums I am confused haha.
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